Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action adventure bio-drama, written and directed by James Gray. The Lost City of Z (2016) tells the true story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, Nina (Sienna Miller), son Jack (Tom Holland), and aide de camp, Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Nothing will happen to us that is not our destiny.' - Percy Fawcett (The Lost City of Z) Click To Tweet
Percy Fawcett: I am here to attempt great things. I wish to find the lost city. Our reputation rests on my success.
Henry Costin: There’s a major exploration afoot.
Sir John Scott Keltie: [to Fawcett] Terrible disease, murderous savages.
Sir John Scott Keltie: [to Fawcett] The environment’s brutally difficult. The journey, it may well mean your life. But you could reclaim your family name.
Percy Fawcett: I am proposing that Amazonia contain a hidden civilization. If we may find a city, where one was considered impossible to exist, it may well write a whole new chapter in human history!
Sir John Scott Keltie: Are you insisting that these savages they are equals.
Percy Fawcett: Their civilization may well predate our own! I call it Z! The ultimate piece of human puzzle! It is there, and we must find it!
Nina Fawcett: [referring to their young son, Jack] Don’t go. He’ll not know you when you return.
Percy Fawcett: I know this is a sacrifice for all of us, they will be worth it.
Nina Fawcett: [referring to Jack] He’ll not know you when you return.
Percy Fawcett: This a sacrifice for all of us, but think of what it would mean to find it.
The Texas Gunman: You going up river, are you?
Percy Fawcett: Yes. We’re surveying.
The Texas Gunman: Well, ain’t nobody comes back from up there.
Baron De Gondoriz: [to Fawcett] You come here to make maps. Why is that? So that there may be peace. What is peace? Peace means my business would flourish. I would flourish. Peace means only that nothing will change.
Percy Fawcett: The river will be our home for the next two years. We shall not fail. Mankind awaits our discoveries.
Percy Fawcett: We will be in battle soon, madam. Any spiritual aid would be greatly appreciated.
Madame Kumel: You are the explorer?
Percy Fawcett: I was. As were these fine men, who have transferred here so we could all be together.
Madame Kumel: Give me your hand. Feel my hand. Listen to my voice. Is it a forest? You dream to be in a forest.
Percy Fawcett: I wish to find a lost city.
Madame Kumel: Can you see yourself there now? Try to picture it in your mind.
Percy Fawcett: Yes. I can see it.
Madame Kumel: You cannot blind yourself to this vision. What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined. A vast land bejeweled with peoples. Your soul will never be quiet until you find this new place. It is your destiny. With it, you will illuminate the world.
Percy Fawcett: The whole world has set itself afire. I must look elsewhere to quench the blaze.
Nina Fawcett: [to Fawcett] But we have let never fear determine our future.
Henry Costin: [to Fawcett] What do you hope to achieve out here?
Henry Costin: I might be a little bit too English for this jungle.
'Peace means only that nothing will change.' - Baron De Gondoriz (The Lost City of Z) Click To Tweet
Henry Costin: [to Fawcett] I strongly advise you to abort the mission. It’s become far too dangerous.
Henry Costin: We must turn back!
Percy Fawcett: There is no turning back!
Nina Fawcett: [to Fawcett] I stay here and struggle to provide for the children while you wander the jungle.
James Murray: [to Fawcett] You don’t care about us, you don’t even care about going home. You only care about your lost city.
Henry Costin: This search for Z, I can no longer bear the cost.
Percy Fawcett: You’ve come to doubt its existence.
Henry Costin: No. I only doubt that Z provide all the answers you seek from it.
Percy Fawcett: What kind of fool am I to leave my family?
Jack Fawcett: [to Fawcett] What of your obligation to mother? You do not think of us.
Nina Fawcett: [to Jack] Everything your father has done has been for you.
Percy Fawcett: It’s location is, perhaps, the gateway to Z. The chief has been very generous to us here, and he reminds me, yet again, that we are all made of the same clay. I expect we will be in touch with the old civilization within months.
Percy Fawcett: We’ve made a journey that other men cannot even imagine.
'A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?' - Nina Fawcett (The Lost City of Z) Click To Tweet
Nina Fawcett: [reading letter to Fawcett] “My Percy, I know your first instinct will be to grieve, but I adjure you rather to consider our son and the love you must show him. I knew it would be a boy. Always teach him to dream, to seek the unknown, to look for what is beautiful is its own reward. And I beg you to remember those words so easy to forget, a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for? My dearest love, forever.”
Percy Fawcett: [to Jack] Be brave. Nothing will happen to us that is not our destiny. We’re going to die. We’re going to die here today. So much of life is a mystery, my boy. We know so little of this world. But you and I have made a journey that other men cannot even imagine. And this has given understanding to our hearts.